The Pakistan Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin has informed the National Assembly that on an average the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) portals are getting around 71,000 cyber attacks every month.

This Attack volume has increased over a couple of years. This was the first detailed reply from the finance minister regarding protecting the data of tax payers. The minister said FBR had been authorized to secure the information and services to protect the organization from future attacks.

He added during the last three years 2019 to 2021, FBR’s systems were breached three times (around 0.001pc success rate).

“The breach in 2019 was not detected till the investigation into the latest breach in August 2021. The breach was minor in nature and the infrastructure hosting the FBR website was hardened. Therefore, a cyber breach-related audit was not carried out to date.”

Mr Tarin said,

He said this system is still on investigation to determine the current breach with the help of a third party. This third party will help the FBR to scan the entire FBR network and machines in order to find out the possible point of the initial breach.

The minister request to set an annual budget for technology refresh be allocated to FBR. It will help the organisation to keep its technology up to date. This would have amounted to Rs2.4bn last year.

This amount would have been sufficient for the FBR to upgraded its information security infrastructure.

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